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TCEQ executive director digs in for cleaner air

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 - Baker joins in celebration of progress on grant project

This week, TCEQ Executive Director Toby Baker participated in a ceremonial “groundbreaking” in San Antonio. In 2016, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality awarded CPS Energy a $3 million New Technology Implementation Grant partially funding an electricity storage project and now the actual construction begins.

The $16.3 million solar with storage project, expected to be completed next summer, will provide five megawatts of electric output. The system will store up to one megawatt hour of solar energy collected from photovoltaics and kept in an integrated lithium-ion battery until needed. This clean, renewable energy can be used during periods of peak usage, a practice known as solar shifting.

“The CPS Solar+Storage project represents a great partnership between the state of Texas, a well-respected research institute and a cutting-edge utility,” says Baker. “Not only will this project put us on the path to cleaner air, it will allow us to use what we learn through research to reach greater solar storage efficiency in the future.”

The objective of the new technology implementation grants is to offset the incremental cost of implementation of technologies that reduce the emission of pollutants from facilities and other stationary sources, including electricity storage projects, in Texas. Other innovative projects also qualify for partial funding through these grants. Applications for the next round of the NTIG program is open through Dec. 14.

For the latest information on the NTIG program, or other TERP grants, please visit www.terpgrants.orgExit the TCEQ.


Toby Baker (third from the left) at the CPS groundbreaking event.
Photo courtesy of CPS